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Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism acquires land for future parks through purchase, subdivision requirements, and donations. The department's Park Planner, Lennie Luke, works with real estate agents, developers, architectural and engineering firms, citizens, and state and federal officials to acquire, master plan, and develop these properties into future parks. In addition, park planning duties include working on park and environmental issues with various departments such as Planning, Public Works, the Geographic Information System (GIS) committee, and the Chesapeake Historic Preservation Committee.
At present, the Chesapeake park system contains 70 park sites with 2,401 acres of land, excluding athletic fields. These park sites are made up of neighborhood parks (under 20 acres), community parks (20-50 acres), and district park (larger than 50 acres).
Battlefield Park: in conjunction with the Port Authority and the Battlefield Waterways Historic Commission, a 280 foot long pier was re-built at this site along the IntraCoastal Waterway. This pier serves a wayside for transient boaters going up and down the IntraCoastal from Maine to Florida.
Centerville Park: this park has recently undergone some extensive turf rehabilitation on two (2) of its multi-purpose fields. In addition, approximately more than half of the parking area has been paved. These improvements should greatly enhance the experience of the park patrons at Centerville, which is one of our most heavily used park sites.
Great Bridge Lock Park: Grand Opening of the new ADA accessible kayak launch was on June 13, 2015. This launch incorporates the latest in technology for fully accessible ramps. The ramp is connected to the parking lot by a 60 foot long pier to create ease of access for the park visitor. Numerous upgrades to park amenities (such as painting kiosks/signs) have been done in connection with local volunteer groups.